Ulster University
Photography (Masters of Fine Art) MFA (PG)
Ulster University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

At the Belfast School of Art we strive to develop unique photographic voices at the cutting-edge of a contemporary international context, while also mining the specifics of our unique geographical and cultural position.

We have been profiled by the British Journal of Photography as one of the most significant photography schools in Europe. The teaching team is comprised of contemporary practising photographers who exhibit and publish internationally. These include Professor Paul Seawright, Ailbhe Greaney, KayLynn Deveney, Ken Grant and Clare Gallagher, as well as Martin Parr and Donovan Wylie.

Students are often photographers who continue careers with a newly refined expansion of their personal and professional practices. Alongside photographers working in the commercial fields of editorial and design, graduates also publish, exhibit and work as educators and developers of photographic culture.

The course is represented as a member of the Society for Photographic Education with a network of international partners in Europe and America.

Formal assessment takes place at key points within the course and includes assessment of the artwork produced along with written and oral summaries.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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Applicants must hold: A 2nd Class Honours degree or higher from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or an equivalent standard (normally 50 per cent) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification. In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate abilities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme. In all cases applicants must provide a portfolio of practical work at interview or on application.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Ulster University

Ulster University is a publicly funded higher education institution located in Northern Ireland. The university owns and manages four main campuses: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee. Each campus hosts its own special facilities for the departments that occupy them, with some of the facilities between them including an award-winning Law Clinic, television and radio studios, Clinical Physiology suites, among many other well-equipped facilities.

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